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Cable Q&A

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The condensed version: Bruce Gradkowski threw a couple of passes and put himself in the picture to be the backup with a very good pregame workout. Darren McFadden will be a game-time decision with a hamstring injury.

Here is coach Tom Cable’s briefing with reporters Friday in preparation to face the 49ers:

Cable: OK, quick update: Higgins would be limited today, questionable. Schilens did not practice; he’s out. Gallery was full; he’s probable. Loper was full; he’s probable. Bennett did not practice; he’s out. McFadden as limited; he’s questionable. Gradkowski did not practice but he’s much better and threw a couple of balls so he would be questionable at this state, this stage. Goethel did not practice; he’s out. Groves , limited; he’s questionable. Thomas Howard did not practice; he’s out. John Henderson did not practice; he’s out. And Jeremy Ware practiced full; he’s probable.”

Q: How would you describe practice?

Cable: It’s good. It’s kind of a wrap-up to the week and then we’ll close it out tomorrow with meetings and walk-through and all that.”

Q: Who’s going to start at quarterback?

Cable: Who will start at quarterback? Jason Campbell will.

Q:If Bruce has a good pre-game he could be back-up?

Cable:Yes.

Q: How do you feel about Jason now that he’s gone through the benching and then had some success?

Cable: Oh, very good. I think 12 of 14 in the second half was pretty impressive, no matter whoever you are. So I’m great.

Q:How would you describe the interaction in the quarterback room?

Cable: It’s always like a big study session. They’re always working, talking. Talking situations – how would you handle this? Do you see this? They all study so much film I think every one of them brings something to the table, some tendencies, some body language, some something that helps the guys that are playing.

Q:Is McFadden close to being able to play?

Cable: He feels pretty good so let’s keep it moving in that direction.

Q: He’ll work out on the field before the game?

Cable: He’ll be working out, yup (before they decide)

Q: Have you spent much time discussing that the 49ers are 0-5, or do you even approach that topic?

Cable: We spend all our time on us. We’re certainly preparing for them and we know they’re a very good team that has had some struggles. When I say very good, look at them defensively and the amount of pressure they bring, their ability to run the ball, some of those things that turnovers have really knocked them out of being the kind of team that they want to be. We’re very aware of what they are and how good they can be.

Q:How happy are you with your team’s focus this week?

Cable: I am, because we talked about it right after that San Diego win: how we needed to handle this week. And there’s kind of been a reminder every day — of what the purpose is and what we need to do to succeed this Sunday. So, I feel really good about it.

Q: But you can’t really tell until game time? You probably thought preparation had been good after previous wins as well?

Cable: Absolutely. So it will be a test for us how we come out and play on Sunday. The expectation is high, definitely.

Q: How important to jump on them early?

Cable: This will be a dogfight. This game will be down to the wire. It will be decided in the fourth quarter.

Q: How was Huff playing before the last series and the forced fumble?

Cable: Really a tremendous game. He was tackling well, he was covering well. We felt as a staff, and I said this Monday as well, that our safeties played real well. It’s the corners; we need to be a little more aggressive and firmer, tighter in our coverage. Our safeties played well.

Q: How do you guard against the 49ers coming out desperate, running trick plays, doing anything it takes . . .

Cable: Some of those things would come back to them in terms of what our plan is. When I think about this game, I understand that team and what it’s going through. So, it’s a dangerous animal. You don’t think for one second that they’re 0-5. This is going to be a hell of a football game.”

Q: How would you describe the 49ers offense?

Cable:: They would love to get the run game going, let it lead them. I really believe that. They want to find the tight end, they want to find Crabtree, in that order, but it all starts with the run game. If you had three things you got to check off your list, it’s stop the run, it’s defend the tight end and defend Crabtree.

Q: Do the 49ers use the play-action much once they get the run game going?

Cable: They can, yes.

Q: Has their offense changed much since changing coordinators?

Cable: Not really.

Q: Does your offensive game plan change with Campbell at the helm?

Cable: No, not at all. You got to remember, now, there’s 10 other guys in that huddle, so there’s a system in place. Now, there’s some strengths of Jason that you would want to kind of lean to a little bit, just as you would do with Bruce. In terms of saying it would change or be different, no.

Q: Did trash-talking in camp 2009 training camp practice stoke the rivalry?

Cable: I know that when you go between the lines, all that talk don’t mean nothing. That’s what I know.

More to come later . . .

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  • Nnamdi21

    Sweet! Thanks Jerry!

  • aig-raiders

    Bauce,

    1 blowout and 17 points out of 35 scored by the team, go ahead and build JC a statue outside the coliseum.

    40k fans booing him must be as blind as me as well. Actually make that 39,999. I forgot that you were the only one cheering for him at the Coliseum.

    You’ve been blasting on here about turnover stats. You got exposed. Now I’m a geek. Hey one more turnover stat for you, who’s the only qb who threw a pick 6 this year for the Raiders?

  • Thec07

    RAIDER NATION….

  • Thec07

    WE WILL PREVAIL OVER THE 9ors…

  • Nnamdi21

    Cables got the coaches tapes but Safety play has been a problem this year.

  • PurpleDrank81

    No matter who my qb Im gonna show him some support because we have no real say on who is gonna start… All I know is that He’s capable of playin well he just has play alil more aggresive then what he usually he does… I hope that stuff about him tipping off the snap count isnt true because it will be a long day if so… I have faith in us and know we can win but no matter whats its gonna be real hard…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Q: How was Huff playing before the last series and the forced fumble?

    Cable: Really a tremendous game. He was tackling well, he was covering well. We felt as a staff, and I said this Monday as well, that our safeties played real well. It’s the corners; we need to be a little more aggressive and firmer, tighter in our coverage. Our safeties played well.

    ***

    glad to know i’m not the only one with a good pair of eyes!

  • Nnamdi21

    2. He wasn’t booed. They were saying “Bruuuuce”

  • RaiderRockstar

    g’nite gents !!!

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Thats what I was thinking too Debo, but in actuality, they just really think we suck like that. If anything, it should be Niners -3 and they think we’re even and just playing on the road, but they really think we’re trash! Thats the come-up play of the week on the entire board….

  • PurpleDrank81

    Cable: Some of those things would come back to them in terms of what our plan is. When I think about this game, I understand that team and what it’s going through. So, it’s a dangerous animal. You don’t think for one second that they’re 0-5. This is going to be a hell of a football game.”

    VERY TRUE FAT MAN

  • Plunketthead

    It is important for us to get a early lead. That made a huge diff last week

  • aig-raiders

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    No matter who my qb Im gonna show him some support because we have no real say on who is gonna start… All I know is that He’s capable of playin well he just has play alil more aggresive then what he usually he does… I hope that stuff about him tipping off the snap count isnt true because it will be a long day if so… I have faith in us and know we can win but no matter whats its gonna be real hard…
    ————-

    1. Agreed. We need the win badly and I know already that JC will throw at least 2 balls to DHB. A directive from Al Davis.

    2. Yes he did tip off the pass. Tenn confirmed it. However, I am certain he fixed it. JFB or someone else was mentioning watch for his left feet last week but I didnt see anything.

    This will be a very close game, contrary to popular beliefs.

  • Nnamdi21

    Hate to say it but this Raider team and its D could get pushed around by the more aggressive physical 9ers if they’re not careful.

    Oakland can beat anyone if they’re mental focus is there.

    They wouldn’t be denied against SD. Penalties (14 flags, 12 accepted) fumbles (Ford with 2, Miller ect) lost challenges and none of it mattered because they played hard and disciplined most of the game and never quit on plays.

    Hope we see that again this week. If we do, they may have turned a corner cuz that lack of drive and edge has been a huge part of the losing mentality.

  • Nnamdi21

    13. Russell had a tell tale lean just before the snap too. Coupled with the mandatory away game head movement by the center and it hurt us.

    BS that the refs were erratic in calling encroachment on Tenn.

    The one at the start of the game where Campbell walked away from center thinking the flag would be thrown set the tone for an off kilter, dis-jointed game.

  • Plunketthead

    Cable may not be the sharpest knive at PC’s but he is getting good at the game. He is quick on his feet, no hmmmm’s amd hawwwwwws and uhhh’s.

    Some can whine about him not saying much but thats his job. Bellicheck has been famous for it for a long time

    He reports the COMPANY line and does it well.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Watched the replay of the Raiders/Chargers game (twice!) and a couple things jumped out at me:

    -This was the main thing I noticed: the inability to get off the field on 3rd down, especially 3rd and 6 or more. Time and again the Chargers managed to sustain drives that way. If we can keep this under control against the 49ers, we will win. If the team had done it against the Chargers, it wouldn’t have been the near thing it was.

    -Seymour was being double teamed all. day. long. Virtually every play, he had the center and left guard to contend with. Kelly and Houston have GOT to take advantage of that. Unless the full out blitz was on, Rivers had all day to throw. Alex Smith is no Philip Rivers, but any QB will beat you with all day to throw.

    -The coverage wasn’t quite as bad as I thought. Not good, but not the disaster I had envisioned listening on the radio. It needs to get much, much better, but Rivers also made some miraculous throws. He’s a jerk, but man does he have magic touch on the ball.

    -Shaughnessy would’ve had 4 sacks if the Chargers left tackle hadn’t got away with some seriously blatant holding.

    -McClain’s weakness right now is anticipation. He was very often a step or two late. Once he gets some experience, the game slows down for him and he learns to diagnose quicker, he’ll be a beast.

    -Mario Henderson is the superior option to Jared Veldheer and I’m not sure it’s close right now. On the Shaun Philips sack that injured Grads, Veldheer had the most pathetic attempt at a cut block I have ever seen. He has real potential, but he’s still a serious work in progress.

  • aig-raiders

    Nnamdi,

    the worst part about Jalwarus was when he pretended to call audibles. Rich Gannon pretty much said when you saw that it meant a run.

  • HairyBush

    Raiders!

  • # aig-raiders Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    40k fans booing him must be as blind as me as well. Actually make that 39,999. I forgot that you were the only one cheering for him at the Coliseum.
    —————————
    You do know that those 40k fans were not booing, they were saying Bruuuuuce.
    Co’mon man.

  • Plunketthead

    Ron Washington is a trip

    I hope he whups the Yanks and meets Lincecum in the WS

  • Plunketthead

    If Philly meets the Yanks again I dont know if I will watch much.

    However, I love cold weather and watching tough pitchers breath smoke and laydown the smackdown throwing hard

  • -McClain’s weakness right now is anticipation. He was very often a step or two late. Once he gets some experience, the game slows down for him and he learns to diagnose quicker, he’ll be a beast.
    ———————-
    i heard a Willis interview were he was saying the hardest thing for him to learn, admittedly for him it was not very hard but, was learning to read his keys and flying to the space he needs to occupy. He says that a rookie will not completely trust his keys and drift to their spot rather than attacking it.

  • aig-raiders

    Drexl,

    No they were booing JC when he came into the game. JC even admitted that. Now dont get me wrong. I have never said he sucked last Sunday. I thought he did ok.

    But the JC fan clubs thought he was magnificent last Sunday. First they bragged about his lack of turnovers, and I bodyslammed them with cold facts that JC has more int/fum per qtr than Grad. Then they try to say he led 2 beautiful scoring drives. Schytt, i know I have seen at least 4 scoring drives already this year without JC. It’s like nothing existed before JC’s performance last Sunday. Those guys are ready to build a JC statue outside the Coliseum. I’m not.

  • Plunketthead

    I admit to being a little bit insane but baseball games, especially twilight games are magical to me.

  • aig-raiders

    Drexl,

    correction…I meant to say the hardcore JC fan club.

  • Plunketthead

    I hope JC and/or Bruce become the next Raider probowler but our fans are brutal after what they have been through with QB’s.

    The booing has to affect Jason

  • aig-raiders

    Plunk,

    The fans on here see flashes of Jawalrus and they start booing. Yes it is bad that they boo JC but he created some of his own issues too in Tenn. I am sure most of us got really disgusted with his first game. He needs to win more and the boos will go away.

  • I have definitely heard a few boos this season, but mostly for poor defensive plays. I must of missed the JC boos last Sunday.

  • Plunketthead

    I have to agree. Jason needs to play halfway decent.
    He looked & played like a rookie. I dont recall JaWhatashame having that bad a game but I have a bad memory

  • inonewordraider

    No mention that the 9ers are favored? I hope the players know this

  • Anyhoo, If the SEC and the NFL are the same speed to McClain he should be playing a little better no?

  • inonewordraider

    -Seymour was being double teamed all. day. long. Virtually every play, he had the center and left guard to contend with. Kelly and Houston have GOT to take advantage of that.

    Houston get’s doubled all day long as well (tight ends/rb help) so it’s on Kelly and Shaughnessey

  • Kirk

    I can’t read these Cable interviews.

  • Plunketthead

    Sunday Ticket is worth it. Last year I saw three games.
    Every game so far except the first has been exciting.

    I mentioned it after the game with no response but two steps before DMAC went down he kicked it into a higher gear. I could tell both cuts he made were amazing. Nobody has said anything about it but someone must have taped it.
    Was I imagining things?
    Dakota: You are #1 DMAC fan. Did you notice?

    He was playing hard, real hard all three games.

  • aig-raiders

    There’s a lot of talk about Crab vs DHB but I still think Murphy is the best receiver of the 3 and will have a better career.

  • Toyz

    JC did get boos after his first 2 series when they went 3 and out…Have to remember we been thinking we were going tobe better then we are in the preseason and most of us if not all are tired of lose’n tired of not getting any respect from any body we need this win so we can tell everyone and anyone….Theres Only One Nation….RAIDER NATION

  • kvnbntly

    kelly got ahndled in one on one most of the day from what i saw. Campbells fumble that loper recovered never should have happened, we had trips left and murphy was open, campbel needed to get that ball off quick, i think gradkowski would have made the throw.
    on gates big third quarter completion rout should have finished the blitz, he would have been up in rivers face big time, either that or whimbley should have stayed with him as rout fell back into run support. If rout had finished with the blitz the pass wouldn’t have been made.

  • Stabler76

    aig-raiders Says:

    First they bragged about his lack of turnovers, and I bodyslammed them with cold facts that JC has more int/fum per qtr than Grad.

    —————————————————–
    Lol

    When I was a kid, we went outside and played pick-up tackle football and bodyslammed the players on the other team.

    Although computers have provided me an excellent career, I am so glad there was no such thing as blogging as a kid.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Biggest thing that scares me about this game is Patrick Willis. If he gets anywhere near the line they need to change their line protection.

  • 8RaiderReign8 Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Biggest thing that scares me about this game is Patrick Willis. If he gets anywhere near the line they need to change their line protection.

    :::::::::::::::::::::

    Whatchou talkin’ bout, Willis?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    If any team should be running trick plays, it should be us. We need to catch the niners off guard early, before their defense sets in. Games like these tell you what kind of team you are.

  • Chris in NY

    Biggest things that scare me in this game:

    1. Gore
    2. Ginn (you know we’re susceptible to big plays).
    3. Campbell
    4. Vernon Davis
    5. That if we jump all over them early in the game Samurai Mike will karate chop someone in the face and possibly strangle someone with his necklace.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Biggest thing that scares me about this game is Patrick Willis. If he gets anywhere near the line they need to change their line protection.

    :::::::::::::::::::::

    Whatchou talkin’ bout, Willis?
    ______________

    LOL… To me he is the biggest threat on that whole team.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Is it me or are less people blogging during the season than the pre-season. Oh well, I bet it goes through the roof after Sunday.

  • jmcclain

    SNB post 17.

    Spot on nice analysis.